New Projects, Renewables, Wind

Algonquin Power, partners schedule ceremonial start of Maverick Creek wind project

Algonquin Power & Utilities will hold groundbreaking ceremonies for its 492 MW Texas wind farm next week.

Several months ago, developer RES announced it would work with Algonquin Power & Utilities to develop the Maverick Creek Wind project in Concho County. The $700 million project would be financed through a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement with General Mills.

Maverick Creek is expected to power up to 200,000 homes with 127 wind turbines. The project was originally developed by a joint venture between RES and the North American arm of Danish firm Vestas.

The groundbreaking will be held Tuesday, November 19 at the project site in Eden, Texas, Speakers will include  Algonquin CEO Ian Robertson, General Mills Global Energy Strategy Leader Daren Kaiser and other business and local government dignitaries.

Maverick Creek is reportedly the biggest North American project yet for RES Americas. Texas, meanwhile, is the nation’s largest state for installed wind capacity at more than 25,000 MW.

Wind is growing to become nearly 7 percent of the total U.S. electricity generation mix, totaling more than 273 billion kWh last year, according to federal statistics.

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Utility-scale wind power will be front and center in several content sessions in the Wind and Solar Knowledge Hub at POWERGEN International next week in New Orleans. Those sessions will include content on onshore and offshore projects.